Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta pointed to “strange things” as a reason behind his team’s continued struggles, and doubled down on his insistence that his squad contains “fighters”.
Arsenal bowed out of the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stages after suffering a 4-1 defeat to Man City.
The Gunners went in at the break level, but couldn’t contain the visitors after the interval as three unanswered goals were shipped.
Two of the goals came in somewhat fortunate circumstances.
Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick came at the expense of a goalkeeping howler, while Phil Foden’s strike would have been ruled out for offside had VAR been in operation.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Arteta said: “Against this level of opponent they penalise you and make it very difficult.
“We have a great counter-attack moment but they then score in an offside position and you end up losing the game again.
“It’s a hard one to take considering how the game went.
“This level of opponent, when you give the goals away it makes the game impossible.
“A lot of strange things are happening in every game and that makes things really difficult.
“We have to turn it around round – there is no question with the fixtures we have it’s going to decide our season.
“On the basis of what we have shown tonight against difficult opponents, I have fighters in my team. Yes, I have fighters.”
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